5 on friday: welcome december

I seriously can't believe it's already December! It's officially been a whole month since Ryan got home from his deployment, and in less than a week, we're heading out of the country. This is going to be the busiest few days here, as we're leaving NY for NH on Tuesday, then we're heading to Boston on Thursday to head out of the country. But, we're hoping to accomplish a few more things here before we go, and it's gearing up to be a good weekend! I'm linking up today with Smidge of This for 5 on Friday and Meet at the Barre for Friday Favorites.

1 // Spencer is turning 3 on Monday, December 4th! How is that even possible?! Every day I watch this little boy grow more and more mature. He's so aware of everything around him. He's sweet and sensitive, thoughtful and kind, silly and rambunctious. This little man gives me such great joy, and I can't wait to share our celebrations!


2 // Speaking of Spencer's birthday, I'm going to attempt to make cake pops this weekend for him to take to daycare on Monday. He loves cake pops, and I think it'll be a fun and kid-friendly treat for everybody. I'm hoping to follow this site's tips/recipe, and offer a chocolate-free version for a child in his class with an allergy. Fingers crossed it goes well?! 


3 // We are leaving for South Africa next Thursday! My mom's family is from there, and we'll be spending about 3 weeks enjoying their summer while winter hits home here in NY. We're going to head to Zebula straight from the airport for several days, and we'll be spending Christmas at Harbeespoort Resort, but I'm not sure what else we'll do while there. Either way, I can't wait! I took this picture during my last trip back, and I can't wait to share it with my family!


4 // Ryan and I have his unit's Dining Out tonight at the RiverEdge Resort in Alexandria Bay. I used Rent the Runway again, and I stepped way out of my comfort zone with my dress this time. I'm really hoping the look comes together because I'm a little bit worried it won't! I'm doing my own hair tonight, so I'm not sure how that's going to go, but here's hoping it doesn't suck?!

5 // Totally unrelated to all the things, but I've been feeling like the worst cat mom lately because Stella and Jasper are going to be here in NY alone while we're in South Africa. Obviously, yes, we have a pet sitter, but I feel so bad! Danny is at least spending the month with my parents in NH. I've had my eye on this wall shelf for them from Meowingtons for a while now, and I keep hesitating to pull the trigger. Someone tell me that it's worth it and that I should just do it!


That was a seriously random assortment of Friday thoughts, but that's clearly where my head is today. I hope you all have fantastic weekends and great plans ahead. Happy December, sweet friends!

9 comments

  1. Yay for the birthday boy ! Those cake pops are so cute and fun and I bet the daycare kids will enjoy them ! South Africa, amazing and can't wait to see photos and hear all about it !! That's one place I'd love to visit. Have a wonderful Friday !

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  2. Happy Birthday Spencer. I love those cake pops. I wish I had that talent. Ha. I hope you have a safe flight to South Africa and a great weekend!

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  3. Happy Birthday Spencer!
    I hope your trip to South Africa is fantastic - What an adventure!
    That shelf for the cats definitely needs to happen!

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  4. SOUTH AFRICA!!! Are you kidding?!?! Take me with you! Oh my goodness - i cannot wait to see pictures and hear about your trip!!

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  5. I can't wait to see pictures from tonight. I was actually going to ask when the dinner was. I hope you had the best time. I have no doubt you looked stunning. My daughter has a cake pop maker and they actually made cake pops last week and turned them into turkey's. They were so cute. You're going to have a wonderful trip. I bet you'll have so many fun pictures to share. Safe travels sweet girl and enjoy your time with your family!! XOXO

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  6. Guess what? My oldest birthday is Monday, the 4th, but he turns 20! Can you believe I have a 20 year old? I hope Spencer's day is awesome! He is so cute! I hope your cake pops turn out awesome! Eek you must be Sooo excited for your Africa trip, I'm excited for you! Have a sweet weekend!

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  7. Aww happy birthday Spencer! Cake pops for his class is a great idea--the kids will love those no doubt. And wow, how exciting--I hope you have a wonderful time in South Africa!

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  8. Safe travels for your trip!! That is going to be lovely!! I need all the details on how those cake pops go because those are seriously incredible!

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  9. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of things to do and see in South Africa! I have a girlfriend who grew up there and moved back after living in Sydney for a few years and she has been begging me to visit - so it’s definitely on our to-visit list as she’s shared so many beautiful photos with us of where she lives!

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